Friday is release day and here’s the first things that caught my ear while listening to new songs out.
See the New Music section for individual posts on tracks we deemed worthy enough of their own article this week.
Black Bones – ‘ABTS’
It’s Friday so you need a reverby low-end percussive dance ripper from Belfast’s Black Bones from their new EP on Touch Sensitive.
Cadence Weapon & Jacques Greene – ‘Senna’
Cadence Weapon has announced a new album Parallel World on April 30th, and for the first track from it, he has hooked up with fellow Canadian artist Jacques Greene for this high-octane banger that purposely channels the spirit of early UK grime.
Parallel World touches on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future we’ve somehow found ourselves in.
Featuring production from Jacques Greene, Jimmy Edgar, Martyn Bootyspoon, Casey MQ, Korea Town Acid, Strict Face, Little Snake and AudioOpera.
Erol Alkan – ‘Automatic’
The Phantasy Sound boss takes the mantle for the 100th single release on the label. The track was originally made in 2008 but revisited during lockdown.
“I spent some of lockdown revisiting music I’d made that I had almost forgotten had existed, looking for projects that might be worth another look. Although I originally recorded it around 2008, ‘Automatic’ immediately shone through as a track that was a perfect distillation of many of the records that had influenced me from around then, as well as something I’d have played in a dark, sweaty club in 2020 or 2021, given the opportunity. There is a certain symmetry and arc of the then into now, which made it feel like the perfect record to release as the 100th single. It feels like a natural celebration of a part of Phantasy’s sound and sensibilities running from our beginning and into our future.”
Ghetts – ‘Crud’ feat. Giggs
Ghetts’ new album Conflict Of Interest may feature Ed Sheeran but it also features this whomper.
The Egyptian Lover – ‘Get Down’
It’s the Egyptian Lover bringing his trademark old-school electro. You know what it is. “1986 is the 3rd in a series of 80’s albums Egyptian Lover has released to keep that old school style.”
Wastefellow – ‘s. gaptan’
Dublin producer Wastefellow released Waste Material 001, the first in a monthly selection of instrumentals. ‘s. gaptan’ is one of the tracks that Diolmhain Ingram Roche made for producer Gaptoof’s weekly beat battles – “a sample mangling, not quite 160bpm neck twister,” in his own words.
Elaine Mai & MayKay – ‘No Forever’ (Daithi Ambient mix)
A lush and ambient rework of Elaine Mai’s recent marquee single.
Wyvern Lingo – ‘Sydney’
This week’s podcast guests put out another fine taster from their second album Awake You Lie, which drops next week.
Jessy Rose – ‘Set Free’
After releasing his debut single post-Hare Squead last June, Jessy Rose has released ‘Set Free’ a vulnerable song about his experience since that time. It’s from a new EP out on March 5th.
“‘Set Free’ is the most vulnerable I’ve ever made myself on record,” says Jessy. “It’s kinda scary sharing these thoughts and emotions with the world but it’s also freeing. It was the first song I wrote for the EP so I hope this song gives people a better insight into what I felt like at the beginning of the writing process.”
Kaytranada – ‘Caution’
A new song dropped as part of a Tik-Tok initiative for Black History Month. It’s the first single from the producer since his Bubba album last year.
Seba Safe – In Waiting (Piqué Remix)
Seba Safe and Piqué’s Peter Kelly (known as a member of AE MAK’s live band) have been friends since they were in their early teens and the latter has remixed the former’s recent single into an evocative twinkling minimal electronic tune.